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Payment Options for Graduate and Undergraduate Degree Programs

Qualified students may be eligible for scholarships, private loans, military tuition assistance, veteran’s education benefits, employer tuition reimbursement, and other third-party resources. While Abraham Lincoln University is already one of the most affordable colleges in California, there may also be outside scholarship opportunities available. Contact our Admissions team at 213-252-5100 to learn more about your options and assistance with your scholarship search.

Students who obtain private and federal student loans are responsible to repay the full amount of the loan in addition to interest accrued, less the amount of any refund from ALU. Financial aid is available to those who qualify; view our Financial Aid page, and contact our Financial Aid Office at 213-252-5100 x6405 for information regarding eligibility.

Payment Plans

University Program Institutional Payment Plans (Excluding J.D. Program)

Level of DegreeUndergraduate degrees and CertificatesGraduate degrees Doctoral degrees (excluding JD)
Cost Per Credit Hour$750 per 3 credit$1050 per 3 credit$1350 per 3 credit
Monthly Installment$375$525$675
  • Students are allowed to take TWO courses per session (undergraduate) and ONE course per session (graduate).
  • Annual percentage rate (APR) for interest is zero (0) percent.   
  • The first payment must be made with the submission of the Enrollment Agreement.
  • Auto-payment by debit card or credit card is mandatory.   
  • Debit card or credit card will be charged for all subsequent payments on the 1st day of each month following the first month of study, thereafter until the tuition is paid in full.
  • If a student pays on credit or debit card, an additional credit card fee in the amount of 3.5% of the payment shall be due and payable at the same time tuition is paid.
  • Balance of the tuition to be paid in equal monthly payments indicated above until paid in full. 
  • Payment plan may extend beyond the student’s anticipated completion date and students
  • shall continue to pay until balance is paid in full. 
  • Transcripts and degrees will not be released until tuition and fees are paid in full even if payments extend beyond program completion date. 
  • Students who fail to make payments may forfeit their ALU student rights and the total balance of the tuition deferred shall be due and payable immediately and are subject to collection.   
  • Additional fees or charges may be added to the balance for the period of attendance.

For those students paying out of pocket, the university provides a zero-interest, monthly payment plan option to those who qualify – a courtesy most colleges with low tuition are unable to offer.

Payment plans are available for those who wish to defer payment. Those wishing to take advantage of deferred payment must submit a completed payment plan agreement to our office. A new agreement is required in the event that a student wishes to change their plans. 

Any monthly payment more than 10 days late will put a student’s account in financial delinquency; a late fee of $25 will be charged. Students have a grace period of 10 days at the beginning of each month before the late fee is charged. Any monthly installment more than 30 days late will result in suspension of academic access. A student’s account that is more than 60 days late may result in dismissal from the University.

Tuition and fees must be paid-in-full. Transcripts and diplomas will not be issued, and other university privileges may be suspended until all financial obligations are met by the student. Enrollment in the payment plan does not eliminate students’ responsibility to ensure tuition is paid by the due date. Students who have not paid their balance in full by the end of the payment plan agreement will not receive official or unofficial transcripts, or a diploma. If a student obtains a loan to pay for an educational program, the student will be responsible for repaying the full amount of the loan plus interest, less the amount of any refund. If the student has received federal student financial aid funds, the student is entitled to a refund of the amount of the financial aid fund is excess of direct costs (tuition and fees) payable to the University. 

Cancellations & Refunds

The university policy for cancellation, withdrawal and refund complies with prescribed standards established by DEAC and BPPE. ALU’s refund policy, as stated below, is in compliance with California Bureau of Postsecondary Education (BPPE) state requirements. For those students who reside in a state other than California where ALU is authorized to operate, the student will receive an Enrollment Agreement Addendum specific to their state’s requirements. If there is a conflict between another state agency’s refund policy with the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education’s guidelines, ALU will follow the policy that is more beneficial to the student. In the absence of such requirements, or a state where ALU has received exemption, ALU will follow the refund policy stated below.

  • A student may cancel an Enrollment Agreement or withdraw from the University at any time. A student has the right to cancel the Enrollment Agreement and obtain a refund of charges paid through attendance at the first class session, or the seventh day after enrollment, whichever is later. If notice of cancellation is given through attendance at the first class session, or the seventh day after enrollment, whichever is later, the student will obtain a full (100%) refund of all tuition paid less the application fee of $50.
  • A student who withdraws after the first class session, or seventh day after enrollment, whichever is later, will be subject to a one-time per program non-refundable Registration Fee of $100 and a non-refundable yearly Library Access Fee of $75, as well as prorated amounts of refundable fees, as appropriate.
  • A student may withdraw from a course or program and receive a refund by providing a written notice to Registrar via email to registrar@alu.edu. Any money due to the student will be refunded within 30 days.
  • If the student received federal student financial aid funds, the student is entitled to a refund of moneys not paid from federal student financial program funds.
  • For California residents, the amount of assessment for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund is nonrefundable and will not be returned to students who are California residents.
  • Notwithstanding non-refundable portion of tuition and fees, a refund of the remaining tuition will be based on the following table:
Length of CourseRefundable Tuition Due After Completing: 
8 weeks1st week90%
 2nd week75%
 3rd week65%
 4th week50%
 5th week0%
  • For service members, reservists, and family members who stop attending due to service obligations, the University will return any unearned benefits administered by the institution to the source of the funds on a pro-rata basis through at least the 60 percent portion of the period for which the funds were provided.
  • If a student obtains a loan to pay for an educational program, the student will have the responsibility to repay the full amount of the loan plus interest, less the amount of any refund.
  • If the student is eligible for a loan guaranteed by the federal or state government and the student defaults on the loan, both of the following may occur:
    • The federal or state government or a loan guarantee agency may take action against the student, including applying any income tax refund to which the person is entitled to reduce the balance owed on the loan; or
    • The student may not be eligible for any other federal student financial aid at another institution or other government assistance until the loan is repaid.
  • EXAMPLE: A student paid the total price of $750 for an 8-week course and then withdrew during the 5th week. Since the student did not complete a full 5th week, ALU will refund the tuition based on the completion of the 4th week. This student will receive a refund of $375 ($750 x 50%).

Abraham Lincoln University does not have a pending petition in bankruptcy; it is not operating as a debtor in possession; it has not filed a petition within the preceding five years; nor has it had a petition in bankruptcy filed against it within the preceding five years that resulted in reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States. Bankruptcy Code (11 U.S.C. §§ 1101 et seq.).

For students that are currently on the Payment Plan there will be no change in their existing plan other than the situations where the student wants to take more than two courses at the same time in which case the revised payment plan shall apply to the third course. However, if current students leave and have to be re-admitted to the University, they will be subject to the revised payment plan explained below. Students on a current payment plan that request more than two courses (undergraduate) or more than one course (graduate) will be required to pay the tuition of the additional course under the new payment plan.

Juris Doctor Program Institutional Payment Plans 

Tuition Payment schedule

  • A down payment of $2,250 (which includes $2,150 tuition and $100 registration fee) is due at the submission of the enrollment agreement.
  • The balance of tuition will be paid in ten (10) monthly payments of $750 and one (1) final monthly payment of $735.
  • Monthly payment is due on the 1st day of each month following the first month of study.
  • Credit/debit cards will be charged a 3.5% convenience fee.
  • The annual percentage rate (APR) for interest is zero (0) percent.
  • Students who fail to make payments may forfeit their ALU student rights.
  • A down payment of $2,150.
  • Ten (1) monthly payments of $750 and one (1) final monthly payment of $735.
  • In the fourth year, a $250 Graduation fee will be due to ALU one month after the last monthly payment.
  • Students are expected to comply with Abraham Lincoln University policies and regulations, including meeting academic and financial obligations to the University.

The University’s administration determines actions to be taken when students fail to meet obligations to the University. Students are expected to conduct themselves as responsible adults and should at minimum be in communication with ALU staff when there is any substantial delay in fulfilling obligations.

  • Any monthly installment more than 30 days late will put a student’s account in financial delinquency. Students have a grace period of 10 days at the beginning of each month before a late fee of $20 is charged.
  • Any monthly installment more than 60 days late may result in financial dismissal. Students who are financially dismissed can lose all credits related to their current academic year at ALU (please see Continuous Study Rule Requirements section).
  • To correct or remediate a financial dismissal, students must bring their balance current and start on future start dates. Students will not be reinstated automatically once a dismissal has been remediated.

The University’s administration determines actions based on the severity of failure to meet obligations and taking prior records into account. Candidates for graduation will receive a diploma or certificate when all school obligations have been paid in full. Transcripts will not be issued for students with outstanding past due accounts. Students with past due accounts may not be certified to sit for the First-Year Law Students’ Examination (FYLSX) or the California Bar Examination (CBE).

While every effort is made to maintain student costs at a reasonable level, the University reserves the right to modify tuition and fee rates, tuition policies and schedules.

Cancellations & Refunds

For students who reside in a state other than California where ALU is authorized to operate, the student will receive an Enrollment Agreement Addendum specific to their state’s refund requirements. In the absence of such requirements, or a state where ALU has received exemption, ALU will follow the refund policy stated below. If there is a conflict between ALU’s policy and another state agency’s refund policy, ALU will follow the policy that is more beneficial to the student.

Student’s Right to Cancel

A student may cancel an Enrollment Agreement or withdraw from the University at any time. A student who intends to cancel or withdraw must notify the University in writing following the directions outlined in the Official and Unofficial Cancellation / Withdrawal policies. Any money due to the student will be refunded within 30 days. The student has a right to a full (100%) refund of all monies paid if cancellation is within five (5) calendar days after midnight of the date the Enrollment Agreement was signed.

Withdrawal

A student who withdraws later than five (5) days after midnight of the day on which the enrollment agreement is signed will be subject to a one-time per program non-refundable Registration Fee of $100 and a non-refundable yearly Library Access Fee of $75, as well as prorated amounts of refundable fees, as appropriate. A student may withdraw from a course or program and receive a refund by providing a written notice to the Registrar at the ALU postal mailing address or via email to registrar@alu.edu.

Notwithstanding non-refundable portion of tuition and fees, a refund of the remaining tuition will be based on the following table:

Length of CourseRefundable Tuition Due AFTER:
1-6 weeks

1st week  70%

2nd week 40%

3rd week 20%

4th week 0%

7-10 weeks

1st week 80%

2nd week 60%

3rd week 40%

4th week 20%

5th week 0%

11-16 weeks

1st week 80%

2nd week 70%

3rd week 60%

4th week 50%

5th week 40%

6th week 30%

7th week 20%

8th week 10%

9th week 0%

The student will receive a full refund for paid courses that were not started at the time of withdrawal. If tuition is paid by a private third-party payer and a refund is due, the refund will be issued directly to the student. If the student received federal student financial aid funds, the student is entitled to a refund of moneys not paid from federal student financial program funds. If a student obtains a loan to pay for an educational program, the student will have the responsibility to repay the full amount of the loan plus interest, less the amount of any refund.

For example, a new student whose first course is a 10 quarter unit / 14-week course and withdraws later than five (5) days after midnight of the day on which the enrollment agreement is signed and who withdraws after the 3rd week is subject to the one-time non-refundable Registration Fee ($100) and the non-refundable yearly External Academic Resources fee ($100), and will have 60% refundable tuition for that course, pursuant to the refund table. ALU will charge the student $200 (the sum of the two fees) + 40% of the course costs (10 quarter units x $260/quarter unit), which results in a total of $1,240. ALU would then issue the student a refund for what the student has paid by that point that exceeds institutional charges of $1,240.

Abraham Lincoln University does not have a pending petition in bankruptcy; it is not operating as a debtor in possession; it has not filed a petition within the preceding five years; nor has it had a petition in bankruptcy filed against it within the preceding five years that resulted in reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States. Bankruptcy Code (11 U.S.C. §§ 1101 et seq.).

For students that are currently on the Payment Plan there will be no change in their existing plan other than the situations where the student wants to take more than two courses at the same time in which case the revised payment plan shall apply to the third course. However, if current students leave and have to be re-admitted to the University, they will be subject to the revised payment plan explained below. Students on a current payment plan that request more than two courses (undergraduate) or more than one course (graduate) will be required to pay the tuition of the additional course under the new payment plan.

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